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Georgia Irby


Office: Boswell 329
Phone: 757 221 2162
Email: [[glirby]]
Research interests: Science & Society, Greek/Latin Pedagogy
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Georgia Irby, Professor of Classical Studies, works in the History of Greek and Roman Science, with a focus on cartography, geography, and hydrology in the ancient Mediterranean. She received her PhD in Classical Philology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of Military Religion in Roman Britain. E.J. Brill (1999), New Latin Primer, with Mary C. English. Oxford University Press (2015), A Little Latin Reader with Mary C. English. Oxford University Press, now in its second edition (2017). She is the co-editor (with Paul T, Keyser) of Greek Science of the Hellenistic Era: A Sourcebook, Routledge (2002) and Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists: The Greek Tradition and Its Many Heirs, Routledge (2008). She is the sole editor of A Companion to Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome. 2 volumes. Wiley-Blackwell (2016). Her current book project, Aspects of Hydrology in the ancient Greco-Roman World: Connected by Water, stemming from her COLL 100 course, “Why Water Matters,” explores water as a focus of engagement with the natural environment in the ancient world, including physics, infrastructure (e.g., aqueducts), medicine, mythology, religion, and more. She is also the editor of NUNTIUS, the newsletter for Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for undergraduates in Greek and Latin. In her “copious spare time,” she spends as much time as possible on the three replica square-rigged ships at Jamestown, behind the lens of her camera, and hula hooping.

Research Interests

Greek and Roman Science (cartography, geography, and hydrology), Pomponius Mela, Greek and Latin pedagogy, Greek and Latin Mythology in “pop” music.